Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, caused a stir after she raised her voice against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) over the violence at Ramjas college of Delhi University. She is being targetted by all quarters over her opposition and she is even claiming that has got rape threats, among several others threats that she received for voicing her opinion.
People from different sections of the society have come out in the open questioning the girl’s sensibility and sense of judgement. Those questioning her also include cricketer Virender Sehwag and actor Randeep Hooda. The latest one to join the bandwagon opposing the girl is Union Minister of States for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. “Who’s polluting this young girl’s mind,” he asked in a tweet directed towards Kaur.
Yes! of course, someone must be polluting her mind. A young and independent girl like her just cannot have a sense of judgement. If there is anything that she is saying against the ABVP, she must really be disillusioned.
Another BJP lawmaker Pratap Simha compared her to terrorist Dawood Ibrahim. And he is absolutely right. To have a differing view is totally anti-national. Who cares if you are a Kargil martyr’s daughter, your views just don’t matter.
“A guy called Rahul has given a detailed explanation on how he would rape me,” Kaur said on a television show recalling the threats she has been receiving since the day she spoke against the ABVP. After all, giving rape threats to women is totally acceptable and shows a sense of nationalism but having a view that is different from yours is totally not acceptable. Kaur needs to realise that she was highly irresponsible in airing her views. You totally deserve threats such as these for what you have done!
ABVP is not wrong, they are just performing their duty. As ABVP’s National spokesperson Saket Bahuguna puts it, “Wherever we see that the integrity of our country is at stake, ABVP will protest.” A girl speaking out her mind against the ABVP is, by all means, a threat to the integrity of the country, something that the student body just should not tolerate. All methods even if it is by silencing the speaker by use of force, should totally be allowed.
Kaur had done the unworthy task of daring to speak up against the clashes that had erupted outside the campus of Ramjas College between groups of students after the ABVP allegedly objected to an invitation extended to Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid for a seminar. Umar Khalid, if you may recall, is the same person who been accused of sedition over an event in 2016 where it was alleged that anti-India slogans were raised.
In a seemingly intolerable move, Kaur held a placard with a message for the ABVP saying: “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP”. But why is she not afraid of the ABVP? It is the ABVP’s right to call the shots and those must be heard. Who is she to not pay attention to what ABVP has to say?
“The brutal attack on innocent students by ABVP is very disturbing and should be stopped. It was not an attack on protestors, but an attack on every notion of democracy that is held dear in ever Indian’s heart. It is an attack on ideals, morals, freedom and rights of every person born to this nation. The stones that you pelt hit our bodies, but fail to bruise our ideas,” Kaur had written on Facebook appealing every student of the country to unite.
How anti-national of her! Even if we let her live with her opinion, we just can’t let her spread her vicious views to others. How can she appeal other students to join her in the protest?
But should the ABVP just have voiced its dissent and held a peaceful protest against Umar’s inclusion in the seminar? Many say that’s the logical thing that should have been done by the ABVP. They also say that ABVP has right to protest against Umar or anyone but they should not have taken to violence. But why? As per ABVP, the invite extended to Umar was wrong and they are absolutely correct when they object to it in whichever way possible.
Kudos to you, ABVP!